2015 Library Exhibitions

Gianni Wise

Ex Libris Fisherarium art series
Project: Data Retention by Gianni Wise
23 February to 26 March 2015

Ex Libris Fisherarium is an ongoing series of art projects curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg. The projects comprising work by staff, alumni and associates of Sydney College of the Arts are themed around the idea of ‘the book’ in all its historical and contemporary manifestations.

Artist’s Statement

With the proliferation of data networks, the human mind always find ways to ‘wire-up’ new connections between itself, objects, ideas, events and the world. I use wires and books as a form of readymade art that work as props for memory. Objects external to the mind can trigger memory and make connections. I am interested in this interplay between mind and external world. When Umberto Ecco claimed in the Name of The Rose (1988): “Wanting connections, we found connections always, everywhere, and between everything” he refers to a world 'exploding' in a whirling network of interrelationships where everything (appears to) point to everything else, everything explains everything else.

Curator’s Statement

Gianni Wise’s installation has its menacing aspects. The title, ‘Data Retention’, might well refer to current government policies regarding the retention of metadata – the harvesting from telecommunications networks of personal information by law enforcement agencies – ostensibly to protect the public from acts of terrorism. Indeed, the installation itself displays a number of sinister ‘packages’. Perhaps they hold data. But they also disturbingly resemble IEDs (or ‘improvised explosive devices’). The ‘connections’ Wise refers to carry the potential to penetrate deep into our personal lives, challenging privacy and potentially violating fundamental rights. In this sense, the installation reflects on the threat of data retention exposing our personal lives ‘like an open book’. Wise’s use of ambiguously wired devices may equally suggest the mind’s desire to invent ‘paranoid’ connections where there are none.

Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

For further information contact:
Dr Michael Goldberg
E michael.goldberg@sydney.edu.au

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Rare Books

Rare and Accessible: Italian writing and reading in the digital age
27 October 2014 to 28 February 2015

The Department of Italian Studies and Rare Books and Special Collections celebrate The Italian Language in the World (XIV Settimana della Lingua Italiana nel Mondo) with an exhibition curated by Emeritus Professor Nerida Newbigin, Department of Italian Studies, and Sara Hilder, Rare Books and Special Collections.

Launched at a reception attended by Dottor Sergio Martes, Consul General of Italy, and the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, the exhibits include editions of the works of Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio that shaped modern Italian. These range from a 1477 Venetian edition of Dante Alighieri's La Commedia, or Divine Comedy, which is one of the oldest printed books in the University Library; Italian dictionaries from 1577 to 1760; modern Italian language textbooks and details of internationally acclaimed scholarly resources such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online and open access digital copies of texts.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections
Level 1, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm. Closed weekends and public holidays

For more information contact:
E rarebook.library@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 2992


Peter Sculthorpe

Peter Sculthorpe 1929-2014
Until 31 October 2014

This exhibition commemorates acclaimed Australian composer, Peter Sculthorpe, Emeritus Professor of Composition at the University of Sydney, and to celebrate his musical influences. On display are a selection of scores, books, recordings and in particular, featured musical instruments: an Indonesian Gamelan instrument and a Japanese Sho wind instrument.

Sculthorpe taught ethnomusicology, which supported his lifelong interest in the traditional musical cultures of Asia. Students of his included, Ross Edwards, Barry Conyngham and Anne Boyd.
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Where: Entrance of the Conservatorium Library
Level 2, C41, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Corner of Bridge and Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Opening times vary – please check the Conservatorium Library website for details.
For more information contact Marie Chellos or Celia Brown

Photo supplied by Sydney Conservatorium of Music.



Tablet to iPad: Histories of Information
11 September to 22 November 2014

From the Stone Age to the digital age, information has a history: languages, networks, transmission, and technologies have intertwined over the centuries. In this exhibit, the research of over 50 History students reveals diverse and fascinating stories from the past, and highlights Fisher’s Rare Books & Special Collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: John Gerard’s Herball (1597). The Barnacle Tree


Meta Overman

The Piano Music of Meta Overman
1 to 30 September 2014

Dutch–born Australian, composer Meta Overman wrote a great many works in her life both in Holland and after migrating to Australia where she lived in Perth and later in Melbourne. Some of the most prominent being seventeen works for piano including two Sonatas, two Sonatinas, two sets of Variations and many single movement works. These wonderful pieces have never been published but have remained in the manuscript versions in which they were first composed and in photocopies on the shelves of a few libraries. Wirripang has now published the complete set of piano works. This publishing company has devoted itself to the compositions of Australian composers and works recorded by Australian artists. The piano works of Meta Overman, in four volumes comes complete with performance CDs in each volume and a separate CD and digital version of all the works edited and recorded by Conservatorium staff member, Jeanell Carrigan. For four weeks the published score, CD and many of the original manuscript scores of Meta Overman will be on display in the Conservatorium Library.

Where: Entrance of the Conservatorium Library
Level 2, C41, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Corner of Bridge and Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Opening times vary – please check the Conservatorium Library website for details.
For more information contact Dr Jeanell Carrigan

Photo of Meta Overman provided by Robert Hyner.



The Three Phases
by Alex Gawronski
21 August to 13 October 2014

The Three Phases is a series of 55 predominantly colour photographs mounted on gaterboard. These photos were edited down from hundreds of related others. All the photographs were taken around various Sydney University campuses especially at Sydney College of the Arts and Fisher Library my two workplaces. The photos also include reframed images of otherwise random pages within books I have discovered recently as a frequent user of the Library. Each cabinet has been arranged according to a particular book title suggesting a theme. These constitute the ‘three phases’ of the work’s overarching title; Phase One – The Construction of Reality, Phase Two – The Art Crisis and Phase Three – Archaeology as a Political Practice. There is a strong focus on the everyday in this ensemble of works that is combined at times with other more absurdist representations. This combination speaks of a certain anxiety regarding the ‘truth’ of photographic imagery in our pervasively digital age but also the freedom for constant recombination digital technology allows. Overall, the images are arranged to imply an open poetic narrative relative to the theme of each cabinet. Their arrangement over three descending floors also hints at the spatial dimension of photographs as a collective archive to be mined in ever differing ways.

Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

For further information contact:
Dr Michael Goldberg
E michael.goldberg@sydney.edu.au


John York instrument catalogue 1906-07

The Sydney Brass Musical Instrument Factory
and the cornets of Duncan Anderson of Inverell, NSW.

4 - 26 August 2014

This display illustrates John York’s brass instrument making and repair business that operated in Chippendale from 1885 until the 1930s. Australian made musical instruments from the late 19th century are rare as is any historical documentation regarding the makers and their businesses. A 1906 catalogue by John York can also be viewed revealing the interiors of his ‘factory’ and shop and providing an insight into the making and repairing of brass instruments at the beginning of the 20th century.

The display also offers a unique chance to view two cornets made by York. The instruments originally belonged to Duncan Anderson, a highly respected amateur cornet player from Inverell, NSW. Anderson had hopes of becoming a cornet soloist and pursued studies in England and Germany. He socialised with many famous composers and performers who helped shape the classical music culture in Australia at the turn of the century, including Alfred Hill, the co-founder of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Anderson also had an enduring friendship with the famous Australian artist Tom Roberts, who painted a unique panel portrait of Anderson playing his cornet

The display is complemented by materials from the Conservatorium Library relating to brass instrument making, early cornet repertoire and the artists, composers and performers known to have been associated with Duncan Anderson.
Cornets on generous loan from the Anderson family.

Where: Entrance of the Conservatorium Library
Level 2, C41, Sydney Conservatorium of Music
Corner of Bridge and Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Cost: FREE and open to the public.
Times: Opening times vary – please check the Conservatorium Library website for details.

Please note: Due to operational reasons, the cornets may be taken off display from time to time but photographs will be provided of the instruments when this does occur.

Photo: From the John York instrument catalogue 1906-07. The catalogue is from the private collection of Kel York.

For further information contact:
Andrew Evans
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
E andrew.evans@sydney.edu.au

Related links
John York and the Sydney Brass Instrument Factory:
Sydney Journal - Playing On

SCA exhibition 3

Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts Series of Art projects
This series, curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg, showcases the work of Sydney College of the Arts students, staff and alumni for the wider University community.

SCA Art Project #3
9 June - 12 August 2014

Artists: Jelle van den Berg and Mark Titmarsh
Curated by Nicholas Tsoutas

The artists, both primarily interested in painting and drawing with a conceptual edge, continue their ongoing fascination with ‘the book’. Jelle van den Berg regards the book as providing the material foundation and framework for his explorations into the gestural qualities of abstract drawing and painting. He literally uses the book and its cover as his canvas, working with and counter to the existing design, cover texture, and even the title. Van den Berg’s witty and slightly foreboding “This Book will Save your Life” plays on the burb so often to be found on the covers of books in the Self Help section of bookstores.

Mark Titmarsh laments the disappearance of book dustcovers in libraries, victims of the techno age and the advent of digital security codes inserted into the spines of books. Dustcovers are discarded, as they would just get in the way of the scanner. Titmarsh saves these dustcovers from the shredder and uses them in a similar fashion to van den Berg – as canvasses for his bright, explosive paintwork. He says, “By spilling paint onto the graphic surface of the dust jacket, or disturbing the gridded composition of the contents of a book, some hidden background energy is released.”

Jelle van den Berg’s books can be seen on Level 2; Mark Titmarsh’s dustcovers are on level 4, and project #3 curator, Nicholas Tsoutas’, combination of the two artists can be seen on level 3.

Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Open: Daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

For further information contact:
Dr Michael Goldberg
E michael.goldberg@sydney.edu.au



Sydney University Dramatic Society - Celebrating 125 years
2 June to 30 September 2014

A collection of posters, programs and letters which tell the story of one of the oldest student run societies on campus and the oldest continuous theatre company in Australia.

Where: Corridor, Level 3, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: Patrick and Charlotte, courtesy of SUDS website



The Land
a photographic exhibition by Amnon Gutman
6 May to 15 June 2014

This featured exhibition is part of the 2014 Head On Photo Festival program.

Artist Biography

“Growing up in a war conflicted region, I have always been deeply aware of the possibility of loss. Photography empowers me to share this insight, demonstrating the horrible, equalizing moment of the possibility of loss, the universality of vulnerability. There is nothing clearer, nothing more precious than the preservation of the life force in the face of violence and disease. This is what I am attempting to articulate with my black and white images of the world.”

Artist Statement

In June 2002, the government of Israel decided to erect a physical barrier to separate Israel and the West Bank in an attempt to minimize the entry of Palestinian terrorists into the country. This has partially solved today's terrorist infiltration problem but has caused grief and pain to innocent Palestinians in every area in which it was constructed, along the 1967 Green Line.

In the southern region of Mt. Hebron, the movement of Palestinians who are coming into the country to find work has been disrupted. These people and their families are paying the price for the system of collective control that Israel has decided to implement with the erection of the Separation Barrier.

Typically, a day's work in the West Bank for a builder usually comes to about $18,while a day's work in Israel brings them $60 - $110. Their families have come to rely on this income.

Ironically, these Palestinian men, who are determined to keep providing for their families are the ones who are physically building the State of Israel. They endure terrible conditions as illegal workers, sleeping rough in river creeks, under bridges , on building sites and under highways in the Beer Sheva area, trying to avoid getting caught. If the Palestinians are apprehended, they go through a security check and when found innocent of terrorist intentions, they are sent back to their homes.

And so the wearisome cycle continues. Israeli border patrol police and the army are in a constant but only partially successful race to apprehend these Palestinians. Every wall has its weak points. For a young man determined enough, it becomes a way of life- waiting for the right moment, for the pre paid accomplice driver waiting on the other side, depending on his faithful cellphone and on his buddies, all of whom are adjusting strategies to accomodate for the Seaparation Barrier.

The village of Ar Ramadin in the southern region of Mt Hebron presents a unique example of the kind of effect that the separation barrier has had. The village was established by the Bedouin tribe Ar Ramadin whose former lands, in areas north of Beer Sheva, they abandoned in the face of oncoming Israeli troops in the War of Independence in 1948. The lands the tribe left became part of the new Jewish state and the Ar Ramadin were forced to purchase land from Palestinian land owners in Dahariya, an Arab falachim village 15 kilometers to the north. After the six day war in 1967, Ar Ramadin became part of Israel.

The building of the fence in 2002 left the village on the West Bank side. From 1967 until 2002 relationships between the local Bedouins in general, Ar Ramadin and their Jewish neighbors were very good. It could have been characterized as a peaceful, working relationship. The two ethnic groups invited each other to social celebrations. There was a real atmosphere of camaraderie. The word “Bedouin” carried no threat, But now the Bedouins of Ar Ramadin are being perceived as Palestinians by the Jews and as Bedouin by the Palestinians. Both positions, for the Ar Ramadin represent an unfavorable choice. Clearly, the question of loyalties is a work in progress, undergoing formative influences. Loyalties made due to familiarity between the Ar Ramadinim and their Jewish neighbors have begun to crumble as a result of the physical barrier that lessens daily contact or that forces them into the role of unwanted intruders.

The 4 kilometer area of the fence just outside the village is notoriously easy to slip through. It seems that the Israeli government has not yet committed to completely closing down this area of fence in an attempt to accommodate for the very real necessity of relieving the pressure for employment that is building up on the other side. The sight of Bedouin workers escaping through the loopholes in the fence does not contribute to strengthening the Jews’ perception of them as innocent partners.

The people of Ar Ramadin are often exposed to arrests, beatings, and confiscations of herds. Houses and water wells have been demolished under the pretext of lack of licensing, and illegal building. The people are often prevented from working their own fields, because they are located so close to the fence.

As the Arab world is historically changing by the day and the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are on hold once again...One cannot predict what will happen next in this ongoing conflict.

It is solely to the credit of these resilient people, the Ar Ramadinim and their heightened understanding of the ironies of history that they have not yet taken on the role that is being pushed onto them – that of violent resistance.

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library
New Sydney Law School Building F10
Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus, University of Sydney
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays.
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Image: Amnon Gutman


Pacific studies

Books and Things: Collections for Pacific Studies
Curated by Erna Lilje
24 April to 18 December 2014
This exhibition illustrates the wealth of the Library’s holdings related to Pacific Studies. It includes early printed books, maps and charts, works of natural history and fiction. The books and documents on display are complemented by artefacts from the Macleay Museum’s holdings and together they celebrate the wealth of the University of Sydney’s heritage collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Exhibition and book launch
Thursday 24 April 2014

Exhibition launch by Kylie Moloney, Executive Officer, Pacific Manuscripts Bureau
John Gascoigne’s Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (CUP 2014). Book launch by Dr Kate Fullagar, Macquarie University
Free with booking required: RSVP by Thursday 17 April 2014
E macleay.museum@sydney.edu.au



USIMS Marine Science
10 April to 10 June 2014
The University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) is the face of Marine Science at the University of Sydney. USIMS aims to support the University’s marine activities by promoting innovative, world-class teaching, fostering interdisciplinary research and coordinating community engagement. USIMS has developed three mini-exhibitions to highlight Marine Science research at the University of Sydney to the public.

This exhibition is presented by the staff and students of USIMS, and organised in collaboration with the SciTech Library, Byrne Lab, University of Sydney Biology and Geoscience Departments and supports the fundraising activities of ‘Friends of San Juanillo’ organisation.


Women in Science profiles five USIMS female staff and their current research. This exhibition has been inspired by International Women’s Day and includes USIMS Director and UNESCO Chair, Prof Elaine Baker, Head of Byrne Lab and Deputy Director of One Tree Island Research Station, Prof Maria Byrne, Director of One Tree Island Research Station, Dr Ana Vila Concejo, oceanographer, Ms Edwina Tanner and marine biologist, Dr Michelle Blewitt.

USIMS Work Experience Week 2014 highlights the fun that 15 high school students had during their exciting week in November as they experienced life as marine scientists. USIMS and SIMS collaborate every year to provide a range of activities and field site locations to immerse high school students in the many facets Marine Science. There is a mixture of laboratory work, field exercises and demonstrations of current marine research. The students utilised the University of Sydney’s Biology and Geoscience facilities, and visited Australian Centre for Field Robotics based at the Sydney University; and performed field studies at two locations – SIMS Research Station (Chowder Bay) and Cape Banks Scientific Marine Research Area (Botany Bay). Activities included an Ocean Acidification Chemical Lab, Sea Urchin Fertilisation and Biological Development Lab, Water Quality Assessment of Chowder Bay including microscopic plankton identification, Ecological Survey and Photographic Mapping of Cape Banks intertidal zone, fish dissections, and an Introduction to Petrology Lab.

Sydney Harbour Region Marine Science exhibits technology and equipment used in Marine Science research and specimens of marine invertebrate biology. The exhibit also includes the history of the Secchi Disk, with interesting information on its European origin, use in Sydney Harbour over time and and how visibility in Sydney Harbour has changed over 189 years.

Where: SciTech Library Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building G02, 160 City Road, Darlington
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information:
E marine.usims@sydney.edu.au
W sydney.edu.au/usims/

Photo: Prof Maria Byrne


Diana Jones

Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts Series of Art projects
This series, curated by Associate Professor Michael Goldberg, showcases the work of Sydney College of the Arts students, staff and alumni for the wider University community.

The Diana Jones Trilogy (And the Reinvention of Time)
6 April to 1 June 2014

Artist: MFA candidate, Simon Yates
The Diana Jones Trilogy is an artwork in the form of a trilogy of adventure stories, consisting of storyboards, pre-production illustrations, posters, models and props. I wanted to bring aspects of the pre-production stages of film making into my art practice, to show that this kind of creative work can be engaged in without the process necessarily resulting in an actual film.

The Diana Jones project is different to my previous artworks, which included walking robots and ‘shrink rays’. Instead of trying to invent something for the future I have tried to invent something from the past, using an intersection of historical, scientific and mythological information to create a fiction.

The Amber Empress story, for example, originated from the idea of an aerial chase featuring Baba Yaga, the witch of Russian folktales in a flying mortar and pestle, chasing soldiers in an experimental flying machine called a WASP or 'flying pulpit'.

The story involves the first Matryoshka nesting doll, which is said to have been invented in Japan. The plan is to charge the doll with statistical potential (luck) and place it on board the Sputnik space probe, launched in 1957. This involves using the lost 'Amber Room' to draw the energy of thousands of lucky charms into the doll. At the end of the story, the 'good luck' invested in the doll is so powerful that it manifests by summoning a magical character, Baba Yaga.

Diana Jones and the Call of Cthulhu is based on a science fictional horror story written in 1926 by the author H.P. Lovecraft. Cthulhu is a tentacled, bat-winged monster, an alien that arrived on earth many aeons ago. In my version of the story Cthulhu is an alien computer that has influenced the development of human civilisation, leading it towards the creation of computer technology that will release more creatures like itself. I imagined Cthulhu's influence would take the form of sound vibrations, and this sound is the 'Call' of Cthulhu. I thought that an ancient sound might have a disruptive effect on Cthulhu's programming. The Horn of Roland from a French legend of the Middle Ages had such a pivotal role in the outcome of historical battle that it seemed like it could defeat Cthulhu.

The title Diana Jones and the Ages in Chaos is a reference to a book by Immanuel Velikovsky, which suggests there are fabricated records of eras of history that never existed. Although Velikovsky's ideas have been discredited, I was inspired to develop a story in which religious organisations of the 15th century had set out to create a false history to discredit the growing geological evidence against biblical creation stories. To do this, they assemble a team of artists to create life sized models of mythological creatures that would appear to contradict the story of the way life evolved on earth as the geological fossil record suggests. These fake beasts are a hoax, but they create mystery, adventure and danger nonetheless!

Where: Levels 2, 3 and 4 exhibition cabinets, Fisher Library North
Open: Daily to the public. Closed Public Holidays
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information:
Dr Michael Goldberg
E michael.goldberg@sydney.edu.au



Great Novels of 1814: Austen, Burney, Edgeworth and Scott
6 February to 17 April 2014

This year we celebrate the bicentenary of four great novels published in the same year. Jane Austen is widely known and loved by a vast audience and this exhibition celebrates her novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary, please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E jacqueline.grainger@sydney.edu.au

Image: From Guy Mannering by Sir Walter Scott (Hurst, Robinson & Co 1821), one of the Three-Decker Collection at Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Sydney Library.


2013 Library Exhibitions


Treasures lost and found
18 November 2013 to 31 January 2014

Shipwrecks and lost treasures captivate human curiosity and inspire treasure seeking. These books purchased to support postgraduate studies on Chinese and Vietnamese pottery describe treasured pottery. They provide a background to rumours and clues about the voyages and underwater sites where ships were thought to have sunk.

Cargoes of unique Chinese and Vietnamese pottery were shipped to remote destinations but not all ports were reached. Some ships suffered disastrous misfortunes and sunk to the sudden destination of the seabed.

The exhibition is presented by Aleksandra Nikolic (Arts Team) and the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 3, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9351 4762
E aleksandra.nikolic@sydney.edu.au


a Snapshot from the exhibit

Colin Rhodes: Shibboleth
12 August 2013 - 28 March 2014

Shibboleth by Colin Rhodes is the first project in the Fisher Library Series of Art Installations which explore ideas about the functions and purposes of libraries and the many different manifestations of books available to readers and researchers through library collections. The Series will also look at how contemporary art can revive an appreciation of the printed page in an age of digital media.

Colin Rhodes is the Dean of Sydney College of the Arts. Rhodes’ research is primarily in the areas of 20th century and contemporary art history and theory. He has written and lectured widely on Modernism, especially Expressionism in its many forms, and Self-Taught and Outsider Art. His books include the influential Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives (2000), which has also been published in Spanish, French and Finnish editions, and Primitivism and Modern Art (1994), which is also in French translation. He has a particular interest in the ways in which western art and culture has interacted with that of its perceived others, and in those cultures of production that exist in the margins of the dominant art world. He is a regular contributor to Raw Vision, Création Franche and The Burlington Magazine. He has a keen commitment to drawing and exhibits his own art occasionally.

This installation is curated by Michael Goldberg, a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts. He holds a particular interest in working in spaces not usually associated with contemporary art and how artwork that is commissioned specifically for those spaces can enliven them, encourage discussion and bring about new perspectives. He has curated art projects for Sydney Living Museums at Elizabeth Bay House, the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Australian Museum and the City of Sydney.

The installations makes use of minimal labelling and instead encourage viewers to look at Tumblr and other blog sites associated with the projects. These online resources will offer artists’ information, descriptions and interpretations.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections and Sydney College of the Arts

Where: Exhibition showcases, Level 2, 3 and 4, Fisher Library North.
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Image: C.Rhodes, Australian Spirit I-IV and Nude Woman with Raised Arms (Level 2 Fisher North) taken by Michael Goldberg



Sense and Sensibilities: history of the neurosciences
18 June to 17 December 2013

The brain must surely be the most fascinating of all human organs. The early anatomists first explored its secrets; the physiologists began to investigate its pathways; the clinicians made clinic-pathological connections but we still have much to learn. This display includes many of the original works of the 14th to 19th centuries, which laid the foundations of our current knowledge of the neurosciences.

The exhibition is presented by the University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections and International Society for the History of the Neurosciences.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: Descartes, René, 1596-1650
De homine fi guris, et Latinitate donates a Florentio Schuyl
Lugduni Batavorum, ex offi cinal Hackiana, 1664. D3 Moore Collection.



Growing Up With Cancer: Self-portraits by young people growing up with cancer.
3 June – 19 July 2013

Growing Up With Cancer (GUWC) is an innovative project using research and creative practice to understand the experience of having cancer during adolescence and young adulthood. Funded through an Australian Research Council Linkage Grant, it brought together researchers, artists, advocates and clinicians at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and CanTeen - the Australian Organisation for Young People Living with Cancer.

This exhibition of 22 self-portraits is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival Program.

To find out more about the exhibition visit sydney.edu.au/medicine/velim/news/cancer/index.php

Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Law Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Sandy Bliim
E guwc.research@usyd.edu.au
T (02) 9036 3409 or 0422 337 944

Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
E rhonda.myers@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 7266

Self-portrait: Sophie Cassar, 2011



Time Exposures: 60 life portraits - Sharon Zwi
22 May to 29 June 2013

Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits presents 60 composite grid photographs in black and white, in the style of traditional analogue photography akin to a contact sheet. Each portrait is made up of 25 images spanning the person’s life.

Each photograph celebrates from babyhood to the present life, people whose achievements Zwi admires and respects. Not all are high profile people, but many are: Eva Cox, Margaret Whitlam, Shanti Raman, Michael Kirby, John Coetzee, and David Stratton, to name only six out of the 60 complete portraits. The collection of 60 portraits is represented by about half featuring women, and half of men. There are politicians, feminists, teachers, scientists, activists, environmentalists, refugees, filmmakers, writers, social commentators - the list goes on. The photographs supplied to Zwi have been sourced from personal photo albums and archives. Each composite portrait was a personal collaboration with the subject and the artist. The last portrait in each grid has been taken by Zwi herself.

Photographs address the photographer’s interest in memory, place, identity and history: each photo was taken in a time and place of different historical events. Zwi also finds it fascinating to see the changes as people grow up, mature and age; at what stage you see the ‘essence’ of the person, when their personalities are formed and their faces take on their identity. Zwi has chosen the people in these portraits as she feels they are making a difference in society in various ways – some intentionally and others simply in the way they contribute in their community.

Sharon Zwi was a finalist in the 2013 National Photographic Portrait Prize, on display 9 March - 19 May at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, with portrait of David Stratton. Zwi studied Art and Photography at Reading University in the U.K. and Printmaking at the Slade School of Fine Art in London. Zwi has taught art and photography and has exhibited at the Sydney’s Kodak Gallery. Her work is about the world we live in, the environment and people. Growing up in apartheid South Africa, social issues have always been of primary importance, and these are reflected in her art practice. Zwi moved from Johannesburg to the UK in her 20s and moved to Sydney in 1982, where she undertook more arts studies in Photography at TAFE and Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.

This featured exhibition is part of the 2013 Head On Photo Festival Program.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library
Cost: FREE and open daily to the public
Times: Opening times vary please check the website

Contact: Rhonda Myers, Coordinator, Library Communications
E rhonda.myers@sydney.edu.au
T 9351 7266

Composite photo: David Stratton by Sharon Zwi



History Matters!
23 January to 12 May 2013

Painless surgery is a modern phenomenon, but the concept was an ancient one. The exhibition includes many of the pioneering works of 16th to 19th century medical science, which transformed the idea into a reality.

Presented by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists and the University of Sydney Library this joint exhibition features rarely seen books from the University Library's Rare Books and Special Collections and the Richard Bailey Library, in association with retired anaesthetic equipment from the Harry Daly Museum.

Where: Exhibition Space, Level 2, Fisher Library

Further information
T 9036 6465
E sara.hilder@sydney.edu.au

Image: The administration of nitrous oxide and ether by means of a Clover’s Portable Ether Inhaler, a special form of stopcock, and a detached gas-bag.
Frederick W. Hewitt, Anaesthetics and their Administration (1893)


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Inner Space: a microscopic journey
29 February to 5 April 2012

Explore exciting discoveries from the world of science through the lens of a microscope. Get a new perspective on innovative light metals, wandering cancer cells and ancient insects frozen in time. See how different microscopy techniques combine to give new visions of our world through the unique images presented in this exhibition by the Australian Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis.

Where: SciTech Library

Further information
T 9351 5322
E acmm.graduateprogram@sydney.edu.au

Image: Invasion by a cancer cell by L Soon and J Lee, colour-enhanced scanning electron micrograph, 2011.


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Recognising a Nobel Laureate: Sir Robert Robinson
7-30 November 2011

The Nobel Prize Certificate of Sir Robert Robinson was the centrepiece of a collection of documents, awards and papers purchased by the Library with funds from the Leslie Lillie Bequest.

Sir Robert Robinson (1886–1975) was appointed as the first Professor of Pure and Applied Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney in 1912. Robinson, then Waynflete Professor of Chemistry at Oxford, was awarded the 1947 Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his work on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids".

Robinson's long and illustrious career is well represented in the collection. Apart from the Nobel Prize Certificate, the collection includes the Copley Medal Award Certificate (1942), the Order of Merit Certificate from King George VI (1949), as well as several other awards and testaments to his achievements.

Professor Sir John Cornforth, Australia's only other chemistry Nobel Laureate (1975) and a graduate and University Medallist from the University of Sydney was a graduate student of Robinson at Oxford.

The purchase of this collection would not have been possible without the Lillie Bequest. The collection is housed in the Rare Books Library.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, L2 Fisher Library

Photo: Detail of the Nobel Prize Certificate



Isaac Newton and the Temple of Solomon
21 September to 14 December 2011

Isaac Newton wrote on the Temple of Solomon for over 50 years. One of his manuscripts, known as Babson Ms 0434 is an architectural reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon and was written at the same time he was writing the Principia. This exhibition presents the first reconstruction of the Temple of Solomon from Newton's research. This model has never been constructed either virtual or physical before!

The exhibition is presented by Dr Tessa Morrison, Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Architectural History, The School of Architecture and Built Environment, The University of Newcastle Callaghan.

Where: SciTech Library and Law Library

Photo: Dr Tessa Morrison


Building blocks of the modern world: engineering marvels and achievements from the 18th to the early 20th centuries
22 August to 16 December 2011

The period from the late 18h century to the early 20th century could perhaps be called the age of the engineer. The developments in many fields during this time radically changed the way people lived and worked and have continued on to the present day. Known as the Industrial Revolution, it was a time of numerous inventions, and industry developed so fast that society could barely keep up. During this period there were major developments and inventions in agriculture, manufacturing, communications, and travel that eventually spread throughout the world.

Then came what has become known as The Second Industrial Revolution, also known as the Technological Revolution, which occurred from about 1870 until the advent World War I in 1914. Here the importance lies with the adoption of new technologies and inventions, especially electricity and the internal combustion engine, new materials and substances, including alloys and chemicals, and the development of communication technologies such as the telegraph and the radio.

Where: Rare Books and Special Collections, L2 Fisher Library



Focus on Marine Science
25 July to 6 September 2011

Marine science can take you to wild, sometimes remote and special places. From the tropics to Antarctica, in estuaries, on the coast and in the open ocean the University of Sydney Institute of Marine Science (USIMS) shows the diversity of their current research with contributions from geosciences, biosciences, law and engineering.

In this exhibition you will see how geoscientists, working in tropical reef regions, are uncovering clues from past climates that may help us predict how the marine environment will react to future changes in climate. You will get a glimpse of how researchers are unravelling the processes that formed the ancient ocean floors over geological time. You will also be introduced to marine biologists who investigate the affects of ocean warming and acidification on marine organisms and how these organisms will cope with the oceans increasing uptake of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. You will be surprised how ecologists transform plumbing materials into nifty contraptions to study why animals live where they live and how they adapt to their specific habitat. In addition, important contributions are presented from engineering with the development of automated underwater vehicles (AUVs) that can explore the ocean floors for us in depths that we cannot reach.

The wide range of research topics, stunning study sites and technologies are sure to inspire you!

Where: SciTech Library

Photo: Dr Ana Vila-Concejo



Nyonin Geijutsu (Women's Arts) 1928-32
What were they fighting for?

8 July to 12 August 2011

Nyonin Geijutsu (Women's Arts) was a left-wing feminist arts journal which appeared in Japan from 1928 to 1932. Many of the journal's contributors went on to become leading writers, poets and journalists in the following decades. The journal had a distinctive visual style, which we celebrate in this exhibition.

Where: Law Library

Photo: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Template:PD-Japan-oldphoto/en?uselang=ja





Let's Face It
From 24 May and extended to 30 June 2011

This photographic exhibition by Sarah Barker documents survivors of the Kinchela Boy's Home (KBH), and is presented with the support of members of the KBH Aboriginal Corporation.

From 1924 until 1970, between 400 and 600 Aboriginal boys were forcibly removed from their families and placed in the Kinchela Boy's Home on the NSW Mid North Coast. The harsh treatment, punishment, deprivation and sexual abuse they suffered were documented in Bringing them home, the report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children from Their Families.

The photographs are portraits of some of the men who were stolen in infancy, forbidden from speaking their Indigenous languages, brutalised as children, and sent into the world without family or complete education. Ray Minniecon, consultant for the KBH men, comments that the men lost their family, land, culture, and language, and were not able to pass a knowledge of their culture, identity or history to their own children. Sarah Barker is a Sydney–based photographer who has been working as a volunteer photographer for the KBH Aboriginal Corporation since 2002.

Patrons are respectfully advised that this exhibition contains images of people who have passed away.

This exhibition brought to you with the support of the University Library is part of Head On Photo Festival and Reconciliation Week at the University of Sydney.

Where: Levels 3 and 4 Fisher Library




Bradfield: the Bridge and Beyond
2 May to 1 July 2011
SciTech Library

JJC Bradfield was one of the great visionaries of Australian engineering. Famed as the designer of the Sydney Harbour Bridge project, he also produced a range of brilliant and influential works that remain relevant today. These include the iconic Story Bridge in Brisbane, the famous "Bradfield Scheme" for the irrigation of inland Australia, and his important plans for Sydney's railway system which began as the first doctorate of science in engineering awarded by the University of Sydney. This exhibition, in partnership with the School of Civil Engineering, will showcase a range of Bradfield's work, from electric railways to his scheme to irrigate Australian farmlands.

Join us for the launch
6pm, Monday 9 May 2011

Guest Speaker
Tim Wilkinson
Senior Lecturer, School of Civil Engineering

Where: SciTech Library, Level 1, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Win a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb ticket

Visit the exhibition and fill out the competition entry form between 2 May and 5pm, 1 July 2011 to go in the draw to win a Sydney Harbour BridgeClimb Gold Gift Certificate.

The competition is open to University of Sydney students and staff (excluding Library staff) and to the public. The first correct entry drawn at the SciTech Library after the competition closes 1 July will be the winner. The winner will be notified by 4 July 2011.

4 July 2011: The winner of the BridgClimb Gold Gift Certificate is Trisha Mathews. Congratulations Trisha!

Photo: Sydney Harbour Bridge photograph collection. 'Bridge Roadway 7/1/1932'.


One Thousand Paper Cranes
From 18 April 2011

12 Sydney University students contributed to the making of the One Thousand Paper Cranes (Sen-ba-zuru / 千羽鶴) which is a symbol of mourning and peace from Japanese Tradition.

"Upon the hazardous earthquake which hit Japan in March 2011, we the team made this to remember what happened, people suffered, and the memories we should not forget. We also would like to dedicate this not only to the people in Japan, but also to the people in New Zealand, Iraq, Libya and all the places in the world who are suffering pain and hard times in their lives." Noriyuki Ishii.

Contributors: Noriyuki Ishii, Ryutaro Kawamura, TsuneariYahiro, SeiraYahiro, Tomoka Moro, Taishi Tanaka, ShoNakatani, Taro Ooka, Misato Goto, Michelle Lee, George She and Hitomi Sasaki.

Where: Level 3 foyer Fisher Library.



Inoue Yasushi on the Silk Road: Photographs of Dunhuang by Otsuka Seigo
15 April to 12 May 2011

Inoue Yasushi (1907–91) was one of Japan's most prominent and popular postwar writers. He is particularly well-known for his historical fiction set in Japan and western China, including the novels Lou-Lan and Tun-huang (Dunhuang), which received the Mainichi Art Award in 1960. Nearly 20 years later, Inoue visited the oasis town of Dunhuang at the edge of the Gobi desert in western China. Otsuka Seigo, an eminent photojournalist, joined him there for the making of the NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) TV documentary series, The Silk Road. This exhibition showcases Otsuka's photographs of what touched Inoue's heart and mind - the exuberant Buddhist sculptures and paintings, created between the 4th and the 14th centuries, in the cave temples of Dunhuang.

The exhibition is presented by the Inoue Yasushi Memorial Foundation, the University Library and the Department of Japanese Studies at the University of Sydney, and Masanori and Momoe Ohtani, with the support of Canon Australia. The exhibition is curated by Mika Nishimura.

Where: Levels 3 and 4, Fisher Library.

Photo: Otsuka Seigo




Frontiers of Science Competition Display
28 March to 21 April 2011

University of Sydney students were invited to enter the Library's competition with the task of visually communicating an original scientific idea related to global warming. Entries are now on display.

Where: SciTech Library, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Left, image credit: Evolution competition entry by Wei Kang


The Winner

6 April, SciTech Library: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki presented Charlotte Scotton an iPad 2 for her winning entry.

See Charlotte's entry and photos from the presentation on the Library's > Facebook page



Frontiers of Science
21 February to 21 April 2011

Frontiers of Science was an innovative comic strip which enjoyed worldwide success. It was syndicated in over 600 newspapers from 1961 until 1982. Professor Stuart Butler from the School of Physics, journalist and film-maker Bob Raymond, and artists Andrea Bresciani and David Emersen, each played a part in popularising science through the engaging series. Frontiers of Science communicated scientific concepts, theories, processes, discoveries and developments to the public in an entertaining style.

Where: SciTech Library, Levels 1 and 2, Jane Foss Russell Building, 160 City Road Darlington.

Image credit: Frontiers of Science
W http://frontiers.library.usyd.edu.au/

WIN AN IPAD: enter the Frontiers of Science competition!


The love that dared speak its name: Same-sex desires in the Victorian world
21 February to 31 July 2011

Draw back the curtains and peek at the influence of the Victorian world on modern sexuality. Trace the publication of rare and censored books. Discover how homosexual scandal and the fight for lesbian and gay rights were represented in a variety of different cultural milieus. Find out about the authors and theorists whose interest in same-sex desires contributed to our current understanding of freedom. After viewing this exhibition, you may conclude that Stonewall was the noisy grandchild of an older sexual reform.

Please note this exhibition includes sexually explicit images and language, which may offend some people.

The exhibition is brought to you by the University Library in association with the 2011 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 2, Fisher Library.

Image credit: Geschlechtskund. IV (1930), Tafel XXXV.




WOOL: Sheep, Squatters and the early Australian Pastoral Industry
10 October 2010 to 30 April 2011

The wool industry buoyed the economy in the 19th century and helped shape the character of rural Australia. Nugget, a 5 year old ram from Collaroy Stud near Merriwa, one of the major studs of New South Wales, was a fine example of the merino breed which was adapted to Australian conditions.

The exhibition contains early publications about sheep farming, sheep diseases, and squatters and also features handbooks, early cookbooks and fiction, including a manuscript poem by Henry Lawson about the NSW Minister for Agriculture, Donald Macdonell.

Where: Rare Books & Special Collections, Level 2, Fisher Library.




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